One of the most accomplished fighters in MMA history, Gegard Mousasi is looking for his 50th win in MMA. He will look to get that opportunity on June 24, when he defends the Bellator middleweight title against Johnny Eblen. The fight will take place inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
The 36-year-old Mousasi made his pro debut in 2003. A former Cage Warriors and DREAM middleweight champion, Mousasi won the Strikeforce (2009) and DREAM (2010) light heavyweight title as well. Joining the UFC in 2014, Mousasi went 9-3 with the promotion. On a five-fight win streak with the UFC, Mousasi, who never received a title opportunity, joined Bellator in 2017.
In his second fight for Bellator, Mousasi won the Bellator middleweight title against Rafael Carvalho. He lost the title to Rafael Lovato Jr. in 2019 but rebounded and won the title against Douglas Lima in 2020. Mousasi’s last fight was a TKO win in February against Austin Vanderford. He’s on a four-fight win streak.
Eblen made his pro debut in 2017. Competing for Shamrock FC, Eblen joined Bellator in 2019. On a seven-fight win streak with the promotion, Eblen beat John Salter back in March to secure a title shot.
Also on the card will be two quarter-final bouts of the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix. Leandro Higo faces Danny Sabatello while Magomed Magomedov faces Enrique Barzola.
The Sporting News has you covered with all the information needed to watch Bellator 282, including start time, channel, odds and more.
What time does Bellator 282 start today?
- Date: Friday, June 24
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Main event: 11:30 p.m. ET (approximately)
Bellator 282 takes place on Friday, June 24. The YouTube prelims will start at 6 p.m. ET, and the main card begins at 9 p.m. ET. Mousasi and Eblen should make their way to the cage around 11:30 p.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
What channel is Bellator 282: Mousasi vs. Eblen on?
- U.S. – Showtime, YouTube
Bellator 282 will start with the prelims on YouTube. In the U.S., the main card will air live on Showtime.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Johnny Eblen odds for Bellator 282
Per Fight Odds, Mousasi is the -245 favorite, while Johnny Eblen is the +195 underdog.
Bellator 282: Mousasi vs. Eblen fight card
- Gegard Mousasi (c) vs. Johny Eblen for the Bellator middleweight title
- Leandro Higo vs. Danny Sabatello in a Bellator Bantamwieght Grand Prix Quarter-Final bout
- Magomed Magomedov vs. Enrique Barzola in a Bellator Bantamwieght Grand Prix Quarter-Final bout
- Brennan Ward vs. Kassius Kayne; Welterweights
- Brent Primus vs. Alexander Shabliy; Lightweights
- Cat Zingano vs. Pam Sorenson; Featherweights
- Anatoly Tokov vs. Muhammad Abdullah; Middleweights
- Sabah Homasi vs. Maycon Mendonça; Welterweights
- Alejandra Lara vs. Ilara Joanne; Flyweights
- Cody Law vs. James Gonzalez; Featherweights
- Dan Moret vs. Killys Mota; Lightweights
- Lucas Brennan vs. Johnny Soto; Featherweights
- Aaron Jeffery vs. Fabio Aguiar; Middleweights
- Bryce Logan vs. Mandel Nallo; Lightweights
- Marcus Breno vs. Richard Palencia; Bantamweights